The sowder library ranking scale

0 -
1 - Pile of books in boxes or in random order on shelves. Probably not being used. No budget.
2 -
3 - Selected and on shelves in order by a (probably local) classification scheme. Manual circulation
4 -
5 - Searcheable computer list of holdings; Circulation to patrons
6 -
7 - Computerized catalog and circulation, serials, ILL?
8 -
9 - Integrated Library System (ILS) with OPAC, Circulation, ILL, Acquistions, Serials
10 - Nirvana?


Open source library systems

KOHA ( List of demo and live websites
Evergreen ( only but note that many libraries run this. Noteably in Georgia but other places as well (including Michigan).
Scriblio (library catalog) ( Based on blogging software
Scriblio (digital image collection) (



Library Technology Reports, v43 no 3, May/June 2007 "Open Source Software for Libraries"
Library Technology Reports, v40 no 1, January/February 2004 "Integrated Library Software: A Guide to Multiuser, Multifunction Systems"
      Somewhat dated but does have the major players listed with descriptions
Library Technology Reports, v43 no 4, July/August 2007 "Next-Generation Library Catalogs"